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Facility for fast neutron irradiation tests of electronics at the ISIS spallation neutron source

American Institute of Physics (AIP)
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  • Tk Electrical Engineering. Electronics Nuclear Engineering


The VESUVIO beam line at the ISIS spallation neutron source was set up for neutron irradiation tests in the neutron energy range above 10 MeV. The neutron flux and energy spectrum were shown, in benchmark activation measurements, to provide a neutron spectrum similar to the ambient one at sea level, but with an enhancement in intensity of a factor of 107. Such conditions are suitable for accelerated testing of electronic components, as was demonstrated here by measurements of soft error rates in recent technology field programable gate arrays.

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